Common abbreviations used in editing

I’m often asked the meaning of abbreviations used when we’re talking about editing books. These are some of the more common:

Abbreviations Used in Editing

  • AE = acquisitions editor (usually your contact person when working for publishers)
  • CE = copy editor/copyediting
  • DE = developmental editor/developmental editing, sometimes referred to as β€œdev”
  • ms = manuscript
  • mss = manuscripts
  • WIP = work-in-progress

More from Club Ed

New! Seminar in Conflict (for fiction DEs)! For information on this and other classes (including self-paced), click here.

Join the (free) forum to talk about developmental editing. This is where Club Ed book club and the SFF book club are being hosted, too. (Where we talk about published books from a developmental editing perspective.) Just send an email with your full name and preferred email address to ResortDirector@ClubEdFreelancers.com, and she’ll register you.

And don’t forget to sign up for the Club Ed newsletter to learn about new classes, opportunities, and special deals.

Plus: The Club Ed Guide to Starting and Running a Profitable Freelance Editing Business is now available!